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Adults need to pay special attention to their aging teeth
Updated: 1/12/2011 2:59:50 PM
 

Aging adults should pay special attention to their dental care. Inevitably, teeth will age with their owners. Older adults may find themselves subject to tooth discoloration, root decay, and stains.

Many individuals avoid treating their aging teeth, though the American Dental Association (ADA) notes that most adults over 50 have root decay. Increased incidence of gum disease in adults between 30 and 50 is often paired with gum recession. The combination of these two processes allows plaque to reach tooth roots, which results in tooth-root decay.

Cavities are another common effect of aging.

Clearly, the importance of careful dental care only increases with age. To stem the onslaught of these conditions, the ADA suggests flossing once a day, brushing one’s teeth twice daily with flouride toothpaste, and scheduling a professional cleaning.

If one’s teeth are noticeably damaged, a common restorative technique is veneering. There are also alternative restoration techniques that do not use drills or injections. For example, SmileSimplicity claims to correct damage without a “single anesthetic injection or removal of sensitive tooth structure,” though it is unclear how well the process works to date.

To avoid having to resort to such drastic measures, older adults should re-commit to their daily dental care routine today.

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